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TypeSyllabic Alphabetic
LocationSouth Asia
Time18th century CE to Present
DirectionLeft to Right

The Kannada script is used in the southern Indian state of Karnataka to write the Kannada language. It is derived from the Old Kannada script and is closely related to the Telugu script.

Kannada is also sometimes known as Kanarese or Canarese.

The following is the basic Kannada script.

Once again, like other South Asian writing systems, vowels following a consonant other than the default /a/ is written with extra strokes, as in the following example:

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